Here are five reasons why it might be a good idea wearing a suit to a business meeting with people you’ve never met before.
It is the universally accepted dress code for meetings
There is a proper attire for every social event. If you go to the beach, you are expected to wear a swimsuit while you are swimming. Wearing a tuxedo while swimming would be ridiculous. Doctors are expected to wear a white apron in the presence of patients. It would be weird if they still wear the apron in bed. Similarly, if you are having a first time business meeting with anyone, the safest way to play it is to wear a suit. Then, depending on the personality of the people you are meeting with, you can dress down in the next meetings.
It will never work against you
However, if you are under dressed, it may work against you. A business meeting with a client you’ve just met is not the place to make a statement about your life style. You have your personal time for that.
Scientifically it is the right thing to do
Transactional Analysis divides how people spend their time into six categories. A business meeting falls under the 4th category of time structuring, called Work. During Work, people focus on accomplishing a certain goal, together. Getting any deeper than that and trying to be more intimate is not expected and may unpleasantly surprise the other party especially if you’ve just only met.
Sometimes a suit is just a suit
Some people worry that wearing a suit will give them a suck-up or a too desperate look. This is just reflections of inner fears. There is no correlation between wearing a suit and one’s lack of self-esteem. Dressing up does not make you less confident (or more confident for that matter). By that logic, homeless people with shabby clothes must have the highest self esteem among all of us.
It might just look good on you
Hey, you never know…
Yalım K. Gerger (@yalimgerger)